If you’re 6 weeks pregnant, you’ve probably gotten numerous big fat positives (BFPs), and the tests keep getting darker :-). If you’re lucky, or high risk (like me), then you may have even had a prenatal appointment and ultrasound! So exciting!

I actually just had an appointment today and confirmed that I’m 6 weeks 1 day with rainbow baby 🙂 It’s interesting because based on my last period, I should be 8w1d, and based on my ovulation, I should be 7w1d. I’m assuming I ovulated a bit later and that the baby implanted a bit later as well.

6 Weeks 1 Day Ultrasound
Transvaginal Ultrasound at 6 Weeks 1 Day

Once you get your BFP, the excitement, and worry, begin! If you haven’t had an ultrasound yet, then you may be obsessively taking home pregnancy tests to make sure that you’re still pregnant. Trust me… You’re not alone!

Let’s take a look at some common Google searches during week 6.

Google Searches Around Miscarriage

Miscarriage… That pesky 11 letter word that all pregnant women dread. According to a recent March of Dimes study cited by Parents, 75% of respondents (who were pregnant) reported feeling anxiety about miscarriage. During my first pregnancy, which ended in miscarriage at 15 weeks, I obsessively Googled miscarriage statistics. The first 13 weeks of pregnancy were the longest of my life. I was in a constant state of waiting (and hoping and praying) to reach the “safe zone”. This time around, I’m not so interested in miscarriage statistics since the worst literally happened (and during my second trimester). Therefore, I’m trying to take it one day at a time and not wait for a “magic moment” to start enjoying the pregnancy 🙂

Some common searches around miscarriage are:

  • Miscarriage Rates By Week
    • According to this site, knowing doesn’t have to be scary. Hmmmm, I beg to differ! 😉 The Daily Miscarriage Probability Chart calculates the probability of miscarriage or, conversely, the probability of birth, given how far a woman is in her pregnancy. The underlying model can also account for added risk factors like maternal age, weight, the number of previous miscarriages and the number of previous live births.
    • Some quick stats on miscarriage rates by week:
  • Risk Of Miscarriage By Age
    • I’m over 35 years old, which means I’m at higher risk of miscarriage :-O According to this paper, the majority of miscarriages are sporadic and most result from genetic causes that are greatly influenced by maternal age.
    • Some quick stats on risk of miscarriage by age:
      • According to Medical News Today, the average risk of miscarriage by the age of the mother is as follows:
        • Under 35 years old: 15 percent chance of pregnancy loss
        • Between 35 – 45 years old: Between 20 and 35 percent chance of pregnancy loss
        • Over 45 years old: About a 50 percent chance of pregnancy loss
      • According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the average risk of miscarriage of a clinically-recognized pregnancy by the age of the mother is as follows:
        • Between 20 – 30 years old: Between 9 and 17 percent
          chance of pregnancy loss
        • 35 years old: 25 percent chance of pregnancy loss
        • 40 years old: 40 percent chance of pregnancy loss
        • 45 years old: 80 percent chance of pregnancy loss
  • What Causes Miscarriage
    • Miscarriage is extremely devastating and can be terribly isolating. What causes this horrific event to occur?
      • According to a paper called Evidence-based management of recurrent miscarriages, miscarriage causes include:
        • Genetic – Approximately 50% to 60% of early spontaneous miscarriages are associated with a chromosomal anomaly. Oxford Research corroborates that percentage.
        • Anatomical Defects – Women with recurrent pregnancy loss have a 3.2% to 6.9% likelihood of having a major uterine anomaly and 1.0% to 16.9% chance of having an arcuate uterus.
        • Infections – Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a risk factor for preterm delivery and a strong risk factor for late miscarriages. If you’re TTC, or during your first prenatal appointment, make sure your doctor takes a vaginal swab to test for any infections.
        • Haematological (Blood) Disorders
          • Acquired Thombophilia – Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is the only proven thrombophilia that is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Five to fifteen percent of women with recurrent miscarriage have clinically significant antiphospholipid antibody titres, as compared with 2% to 5% of unselected obstetrical patients.
          • Inherited Thrombophilia – Inherited thrombophilias, such as factor V Leiden mutation, prothrombin gene mutation (PT 20210A), and deficiencies of natural anticoagulants protein C, protein S, and antithrombin, are associated with recurrent miscarriage.
          • MTHFR mutation – A mutation of this gene can result in an abnormally high level of homocysteine, an amino acid, in the blood. Abnormally high levels of homocysteine, or hyperhomocysteinemia, is considered as a risk factor for neural tube defects and recurrent embryo loss.
        • Endocrine
          • PCO, elevated LH, and insulin resistance Polycystic ovaries (PCO)
          • Luteal Phase Defect
          • Diabetes Mellitus
          • Thyroid Disorders
          • Immunology
          • Male Factors

Google Searches Around Symptoms

Pregnancy symptoms… Many women have a love-hate relationship with them since they can be extremely debilitating, especially nausea, though they also act as a constant confirmation that you’re pregnant.

It’s important to note that pregnancy symptoms can vary greatly from woman to woman and from pregnancy to pregnancy. Some women will experience debilitating nausea and headaches whereas others will have no symptoms.

Some common searches around symptoms include:

  • Early Pregnancy Symptoms
    • During my first pregnancy (and to some extent this pregnancy, though I started obsessively testing at 7 DPO), extreme fatigue led me to believe I was pregnant. It was either that or I was majorly, majorly burned out! If I hadn’t experienced the fatigue, I would be none the wiser, except for the missed period.
    • The most common early pregnancy symptoms include:
      • Missed Period – According to a poll conducted by the American Pregnancy Association, 29% of women surveyed reported a missed period as their first pregnancy symptom.
      • Nausea – Normally beginning anywhere from 2 – 8 weeks following conception, nausea and/or vomiting, often called “morning sickness” (though it can happen at any time of the day), is one of the symptoms most commonly associated with pregnancy, not to mention one of the most debilitating and challenging to hide! According to a poll conducted by the American Pregnancy Association, 25% of women surveyed reported nausea as their first pregnancy symptom.
      • Tender Breasts – I haven’t conducted a study :-), but it seems as though this is often a very early sign, though I didn’t experience any tenderness. According to a poll conducted by the American Pregnancy Association, 17% of women surveyed reported a change in their breasts as their first pregnancy symptom. Women may notice this symptom as early as 1 to 2 weeks after conception. Hormonal changes can make the breasts sore or even tingly, as well as fuller or heavier.
      • Light Bleeding – According to a study published in American Family Physician and information from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, approximately 15 – 25% of women experience light bleeding or spotting during early pregnancy. Light bleeding or spotting can occur 1 – 2 weeks after fertilization when the fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus. The cervix may bleed more easily during pregnancy because more blood vessels are developing in this area. It is not uncommon to have spotting or light bleeding after sexual intercourse or after a Pap test or pelvic exam.
      • Fatigue – It’s not easy being a baby making machine! Women can start feeling fatigued between 1 – 4 weeks following conception. Women can feel more tired early in pregnancy due to their bodies’ increased production of progesterone, a hormone that helps maintain the pregnancy and encourages the growth of milk-producing glands in the breasts. Also, the body is busy pumping more blood to carry nutrients to the fetus.
    • Other early pregnancy symptoms include:
      • Backaches
      • Headaches
      • Frequent Urination
      • Food Cravings Or Aversions
      • Darkening Of The Areolas
      • Mood Swings
Early Pregnancy Symptoms
  • Can You Be Pregnant And Have No Symptoms
    • Yes, yes you can! As I mentioned, if I hadn’t missed a period and experienced fatigue, I would have been none the wiser. I see lots of women asking in forums if it’s normal to experience no symptoms. It is! However, when in doubt, always talk with your doctor.

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